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Subject: [IP] more on WSIS, DNS, WGIG, etc

  • From: David Farber <>
  • To: Ip Ip <>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005 14:56:31 -0400

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From: Bob Frankston <>
Date: August 16, 2005 2:37:54 PM EDT
To: 'Charles Brownstein' <>
Cc: Dave Farber <>, &quot;Paul V. Mockapetris&quot; <>
Subject: RE: [IP] WSIS, DNS, WGIG, etc

Giving a dead horse another kick ...

While I now think that it's better to just let the DNS fail while
reinventing it from the edge. If one does want to try to fix it it's
important to recognize that many, if not the vast majority, of the problems
cited in the report stem from the semantic burden we've put on the DNS
rather than the basic architecture. The architecture itself has held up
rather well.

Yet I didn't see any mention of the point in the report (though I may have
missed it). It seems to be an attempt to make the unworkable workable

The squabble over .XXX is another reminder of the fallacy of imbuing bits
with intrinsic meaning.

-----Original Message----- From: David Farber [] Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 12:56 To: Ip Ip Subject: [IP] WSIS, DNS, WGIG, etc

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From: &quot;Brownstein, Charles&quot; <>
Date: August 16, 2005 12:27:12 PM EDT
Subject: WSIS, DNS, WGIG, etc

Dave, As you have announced, CSTB has a report available online about the &quot;Internet Governance&quot; issues surrounding the DNS. It is available for free to anyone who wants to download it (or one can purchase the book version).

Unlike anything else available on the topic, it provides a compendium of
historical information, technical details, and reasoned analysis about
alternative courses of policy by a very broad group of experts
representing and considering a wide range of viewpoints. They agreed on
some things and not on others- and the report details why.

Early reader feedback has encouraged us to get the word out to more
folks who are attending to the recent WGIG report and the upcoming WISIS

We have created a &quot;summary brochure&quot; highlighting the report contents
and taking one to the download site. It is at:

This is to ask anyone who has an interest to take a look and also to
spread the word by asking that this link be added to any other sites
where interested readers may be.

We are also interested in reader reactions and in knowing who has linked
to the site.



Charles N. Brownstein, Director
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
The National Academies
500 5th St NW, Washington DC 20001

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